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Monday, January 25, 2021
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Humans of UB: Felicia Vanier

For soft-spoken sophomore Felicia Vanier, style is about showing off statement pieces in subtle ways.  Vanier, an environmental engineering major, said she is both reserved in her attitude yet outspoken with her words. The Queensbury, New York native’s personality informs her laid-back and eclectic style, as well. She puts a feminine twist on casual staples like jeans and t-shirts by adding floral prints and delicate jewelry. 

Anchor Bar and Duff’s have been battling for decades over who makes the best Buffalo wings. The debate, like the wings, is only getting hotter.

Wing Wars

If you are from Buffalo or have spent just an hour here, you know that the one thing Buffalo is best at –– other than having underperforming sports teams –– is chicken wings. From fans wearing chicken wing hats at football games to the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival held downtown, Buffalonians are passionate about their fried, saucy wings.

Michael Boakye-Yiadom, a research fellow at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration at Ghana’s University of Cape Coast, speaks during the inaugural Global Partner Studio institute.

Global Partner Studio kicks off inaugural institute

UB’s Experiential Learning Network kicked off its inaugural Global Partner Studio institute on Monday afternoon. Over 50 students, faculty and academics attended the institute’s opening event in the Student Union. The ELN provided insight into the partnerships UB has created and maintained with universities all over Africa and the Caribbean. The event was also live streamed for audiences from partner universities. 

The Center for Tomorrow bus stop, close to restaurants such as Zetti’s near North Campus, is just one of the many locations students can get to in order to enhance their UB experience.

Ben's declassified UB survival guide

I’ve spent roughly one-fifth of my life at UB. As a current graduate student, and a UB ‘18 alum, I’ve probably copped more free T-shirts and ate more Sizzles home fries than any of The Spectrum’s current readers. I know all about UB’s secret locations, too, and exposed them in Sept. to destroy anything left of my integrity. This is also my third year with The Spectrum, so it’s natural that WKBW and WGRZ keep syndicating my influential story ideas every week (if you guys want a fresh face on your staff, my email is below).

If you’re looking for some falafel, there are tons of tasty options to choose form in the Queen City. Amy’s Place (pictured above) offers a delicious falafel wrap for a modest price, and it’s right down the road from South Campus. 

Best of Buffalo: Falafel

Selecting the perfect falafel in a city swarming with shawarma can be tricky, but The Spectrum has done the greasy work for you and found the five best falafel wraps in Buffalo. This Middle Eastern staple is making a statement in the 716 as there are now more than a dozen restaurants to pick from. 

Students go on a safari during their study-abroad trip to Tanzania through UB. The Experiential Learning Network’s Global Partner Studio is hosting their inaugural institute in October, a series of events that will promote global engagement and innovative ideas by the UB Community.

Global Partner Studio to build worldly connections through institute

The next step toward global innovations and engagement is set to take place at the heart of UB. The Global Partner Studio, a platform through the Experiential Learning Network, will hold its first institute from Monday through Thursday on North Campus. The Inaugural GPS Institute will bring UB partners from around the world to share global innovations and discuss transformative ideas with the community.


Around town

Fall is officially here and this weekend marks the transition from September to October.  With highs in the 60s this weekend and plenty to do, Buffalo is offering some great fall-opening activities.

Colorful plaid prints and tights are two of many upcoming fall trends you will see hit the halls of UB this semester.

Fall fashion trends

The leaves are starting to change and so are styles. Top designers have already held runway shows forecasting fall’s upcoming clothing, accessory and beauty trends. Here are some styles to be on the lookout for as the semester continues.

Sweatcoin offers gifts in its store such as bookbags, cell phones and Netflix gift cards. The app, though, collects users’ personal information, including phone numbers and payment cards.

Popular app pays users to walk it out

Your next walk across campus can be cashed in for a Starbucks gift card thanks to a popular app. Sweatcoin is a pedometer-like app that converts outdoor steps to credits. Users can spend credits on gifts in the Sweatcoin store, including Starbucks and Netflix gift cards, bookbags and even an iPhone 8.

The Puffer Grove, located on North Campus, is one of a number of “secret” locations students don’t tend to use. The grove features a moderate display of environmental growth, and has shades of serenity despite the nearby highway.

UB Secrets: A number of hidden locations throughout North Campus

Famed scholar and academic Spongebob Squarepants once declared the best part of secrets is “secretly telling someone your secret, thereby secretly adding another secret to their secret collection of secrets, secretly.” While The Spectrumis not a secret, fans and supporters of secret culture will not-so secretly hope these secrets are never seen.

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Around Town

Fall semester has begun and September is in full swing. As we near the end of summer and the beginning of fall, Buffalo has lots to offer students. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, here are some activities happening around town this weekend. Niagara County Peach Festival Sept.

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